Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Seems some conservative Catholics are feeling left out by Pope Francis. Welcome to a feeling that I have had for about 30 years under the previous two popes. How did I get through it? Well, I did not focus on the Pope. Historically, Catholics were not much affected by what the pope said or did, as communication systems were more primitive and more local. So I paid more attention to the local scene. If that was proving dreadful for me, then I focused on the gospel and Jesus. He seemed to say all the things that challenged me to be a better person, while accepting me for my mediocrity of the moment. To you conservatives, I suggest you ponder the gospels to support your faith. Drop the politics of your own personal prejudices. This pope is way more open to all the things that bother you. He wants a bigger more open church. You want a smaller, more pure church. I don't think the original twelve would have made it into your conservative church. I know I would not, nor would I care to be. Christianity without Jesus is, well, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. I admit that I can be just as narrow, but for now, my pope is in.